Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture

Assistant Professor in Urban Design

CELA (Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture)

Assistant Professor in Urban Design

Assistant Professor in Urban Design

University of Texas at Austin

The Graduate Program in Urban Design, at the University of Texas at Austin, is seeking an accomplished designer and educator to join the faculty. One who will bring vision, innovative teaching, and creative research to the program, and the School of Architecture. The position is a full-time tenure-track appointment with responsibilities for teaching, research, and service. The successful candidate will be expected to teach urban design studios at both the core and at the advanced level. A candidate’s ability to contribute additional teaching through urban design related courses, and in the candidate’s area of research, will be a significant aspect of the search. Expertise in the areas of adaptation to climate change, zero-carbon cities, digital representation, urban morphology, housing and urban development, landscape infrastructure, public space, and the provision of social equity and opportunity in the urban environment, will be prioritized, as will expertise in Latin American urbanism.

Candidates for this position must have a terminal degree in their primary discipline, and a professionally accredited degree in at least one of the allied design fields: architecture, or landscape architecture. Successful candidates will have the ability to assume a leadership role in helping to shape the future direction of the program and professional education in urban design. The program has particularly strong affiliations with the architecture, landscape architecture, and community and regional planning programs in the school, and additional collaborations with the Texas Real Estate Center in the McCombs School of Business. The program also has strong relationships with the professional community in Austin, with numerous opportunities to engage with the City of Austin through applied research and service-learning opportunities.


The Graduate Program in Urban Design aims to provide the advanced education of critical thinkers who will design and implement progressive improvement and change in the cities and towns of tomorrow. Our graduates are expected to contribute to the formation of resilient and sustainable urban environments. Central to our mission is to create and share knowledge for advancing the urban design discipline through our research, teaching, and service. Our aim is to help individuals, communities, and societies meet their fundamental needs and aspirations.

The University of Texas at Austin is one of the largest and most highly regarded public universities in the United States. The School of Architecture offers professionally accredited degree programs in landscape architecture, architecture, community and regional planning, and interior design. In addition to urban design, post-professional and research degree programs in sustainable design, historic preservation, and architectural history, are also offered. Urban design faculty may also advise doctoral students through the community and regional planning program and the architecture program (which includes tracks in architectural history, historic preservation, and sustainable design). The school is organized to support interdisciplinary education and has established strong collaborations and new initiatives that engage cities in the United States, Latin America, and Europe. Opportunities for collaboration with Latin American cities and universities through special programs such as travel studios, or through important research centers such as the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, are possible. The school has a leading initiative on race, gender and the American built environment.

The Graduate Program in Urban Design includes a Master of Science in Urban Design (MSUD), a dual-degree with a Master of Science in Community and Regional Planning (MSUD_MSCRP), a graduate certificate in Housing and Urbanism, and is developing a new dual-degree initiative with the Master of Landscape Architecture degree. Opportunities exist to engage in sponsored interdisciplinary research through the School of Architecture's Center for Sustainable Development, which coordinates grants and contracts on a range of topics.

The University of Texas at Austin benefits, as does the School of Architecture, from the life and engagement of the City of Austin, linkages to the Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio metropolitan regions, and the expanded communities of Latin America.

Application Instructions:

Review of applications will begin on January 1, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled. Applications should include:

• A cover letter describing interests and experience concerning professional practice, research, and teaching;
• A curriculum vitae;
• A portfolio illustrating experience in design at an urban scale, plus relevant scholarly/research work;
• A statement of teaching philosophy;
• Representative writing samples;
• Names and contact information for three references.

All application reviews will be conducted with materials submitted through InterFolio. Please do not submit hard copy materials.

Contact for Questions:

Assoc. Professor Dean Almy
Search Committee Chair

Phone: 512 471-1922
E-Mail: Dean Almy:

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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Organization/School : University of Texas at Austin

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